2020 was a pivotal year for the Dive In festival, when the sixth festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance went fully online for the first time. The new virtual format meant its global impact was truly felt as festival go-ers were able choose from 144 online events taking place in 35 countries, all around the world. As a result, the festival saw its highest turnout with over 30,000 attendees, almost three times that of the previous year.
Against a backdrop of a global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, the festivalwelcomed 503 speakers on a range of pressing topics from racial equality to mental health, guided by the theme of authenticity and perspective.
In Nigeria, CNBC anchor Esther Awoniyi facilitated a panel on gender diversity within the Nigerian insurance sector, whilst in Switzerland speakers from across the industry took part in an emotive discussion on experiences of racism and xenophobia. Events in India and Japan delved into the importance of generational diversity, as Australia tackled the issue of indigenous inclusion featuring Aussie rules footballer and race activist, Adam Goodes. Back in the UK, events focused on using ‘Allyship’ and ‘White Privilege’ for positive change.